Taking a major step towards boosting India’s space program, a startup is working to be the country’s first to send a robot to the moon to erect national flag on its land and capture images. A Bengaluru-based private company Team Indus, is working day-night to accomplish its dream on Republic Day (January 26), 2018. Supporting the honest effort, the Indian Space Research Organization has signed an agreement with it which provides a polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) for sending the rover to the company. However, the 320-ton giant rocket will only be allowed to launch if it meets all the ISRO’s stringent specifications.
Team Indus is a group of around 100 people formed in 2010 with the aim to send an orbiter, a lander and a rover to the surface of moon before this year end. It is a part of a competition that offers $20 million prize to the first private firm to land a robot on the moon that travels more than 500 meters and transmits back clear images and videos, quoted NDTV.
Rahul Narayan. team leader of Team Indus, has high hope towards completion of the ambitious project. In an interaction with NDTV, he said he has a young and bright team and they are looking at the 2017 launch.
Confirming the agreement to receive permission for the PSLV by ISRO, Rakesh Sasibhushan, chairman and managing director of Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of ISRO, Bengaluru, was quoted as saying that they have agreed to provide the launch to Team Indus. But it will only be allowed if the teams qualifies all the test, added he.